The day I was scheduled to recap March, I lost my job. Again. You can probably see why, at that point, I couldn’t do much else besides look forward. Somehow, it’s May now, and I’m long overdue for some recent perspective checks. The past two months has been an absolute tornado in every aspect of my life, not least of all feelings. Oh, there have been so many feelings the last 60 days.
I’m combining these months for brevity’s sake – and here’s my little positivity reminder:
Give myself credit for what I’ve accomplished, no matter what it is. Be proud of the progress I’ve made, however significant. Allow myself to look forward with hope and eagerness to continue growing. I will be honest and optimistic.
Creativity/Writing … Between the two months, I posted 13 times, which is certainly more consistently active than last year. I’ve connected a ton more on Twitter, too. I made some good progress in April on teaching myself HTML/CSS, which will come in handy when I launch my new blog! I have already purchased the url and once I complete Move Round 1 (to my mom’s house), I’ll look into hosting options and the like. I’m very excited for this new project.
Self-Care/Diet/Fitness … I became a vegetarian and have been focused on cooking more meals rather than eating out and ordering in. I feel like I’m finally creating a really healthy relationship with tasty, good-for-me foods. March and April have forced my hand at being honest with myself; I’ve definitely succeeded there! Coming to terms with my desire to leave NYC and actually putting the plans in motion has been huge. I’ve also been making a conscientious effort to reach out to friends and keep them updated on my life, while being actively interested in theirs as well.
Friends/Family … April presented some really tough family stuff that, in the end, made me so grateful to have such a successfully blended family. My stepsisters mean so much to me; I’m so incredibly lucky to have them in my life. The entire family (all seven of us!) went on a vacation to DisneyWorld, which was all around absolutely wonderful. I also got to visit Adam in DC this past weekend and for his birthday in March!
Places … The sibling road trip is happening in just two weeks and we have planned our route to take us through the Mojave National Preserves! I can’t wait to see Joshua trees in real life. I’m sure Adam and I will pretend we are Dr. Seuss characters as we pass them. I visited four new restaurants in March (one in Brooklyn!) and have created my NYC Bucket List to complete before I leave the city.
Finances … It’s tough to be positive and optimistic here when I don’t currently have an income. I have found a subletter for my apartment, which means that come May 13, I will be living rent-free courtesy of my amazing mother and stepfather. I’ve managed to sock away almost all of my unemployment insurance into savings, as well as speak with my financial advisor (that sounds so much fancier than it is) and I feel confident I will be able to buy a car in the next month. Right now it’s all about saving for my cross-country move!
I am thrilled to pieces about the month of May! I’m going to complete my NYC Bucket List (all 10 items), move into my family’s home (stepsisters! dog! cats! delicious meals!), drive from LA to Vegas, attend #BiSC (!!!!!), and visit Katie in Seattle. I have several social plans scattered in between these super exciting bigger plans, so you can see why I have no doubt that May will be just fantastic in every way. (Also, I remembered to say Rabbit Rabbit when I woke up this morning.)